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Kids Fatter in Daycare

"We found that children whose primary care arrangement between 1.5 and 4 years was in daycare-center or with an extended family member were around 50% more likely to be overweight or obese between the ages of 4-10 years compared to those cared for at home by their parents. This difference cannot be explained by known risk factors such as socioeconomic status of the parents, breastfeeding, body mass index of the mother or employment status of the mother." The study involved 1,649 families with kids born in Québec between 1997 and 1998. The experts interviewed their moms regarding how their children were taken care of at ages 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, and 4. Over the next 6 years, the authors calculated the kids’ height and weight levels.Journal of Pediatrics, Dr. Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Nov. 2012